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April 17, 2020

ZDHC book to help fashion firms cut toxic chemicals

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation has launched a free book to help fashion brands reduce the use of toxic chemicals in their supply chains.

By Beth Wright

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation has launched a free book to help fashion brands reduce the use of toxic chemicals in their supply chains.

The manual, ‘Detoxing the Fashion Industry for Dummies,’ looks at why chemicals are used in clothing, innovations in development, as well as obstacles that still need to be addressed. It also aims to help consumers make more responsible purchasing choices by helping them identify greenwashing claims.

Formed in 2015, the ZDHC Foundation oversees the Roadmap to Zero Programme, which is working to steer the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. Today, it has more than 160 contributors – brands, manufacturers and chemical suppliers – all collaborating to clean up their supply chains to drive more sustainable chemistry. 

Executive director Frank Michel decided to write and publish a manual after finding that accessible, clear and independent information on the subject was hard to come by. It will be freely available to the industry, students and the wider public. 

“This book opens the door to a safe future for humanity and for our planet. Written for fashion lovers as well as industry professionals, it is intended to expose the harmful impact of clothing production on people and the environment, and share best practices to turn everyone into true believers and activists of this fashion revolution,” Michel says.

“If transformed, this is a sector with so much potential to improve people’s lives – but the relationship between chemistry and fashion is still not commonly understood. We want to raise broad awareness to accelerate change and drive impact in production regions for cleaner water and less air pollution in textile and leather manufacturing.”

‘Detoxing the Fashion Industry for Dummies’ is free to download.

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